Asthma (from the Greek άσθμα, ásthma, "panting") is the common chronic inflammatory disease of the airways characterized by variable and recurring symptoms, reversible airflow obstruction, and bronchospasm. Symptoms include wheezing, coughing, chest tightness, and shortness of breath. It is thought to be caused by a combination of genetic and environmental factors.
Asthma Stories
  • Asthma and cavities both common in kids but not linked

    There is no apparent link between asthma and tooth decay, according to a study published in the September 2010 issue of the Journal of the American Dental Association.
  • Asthma drug found effective in MS cure

    Scientists believe that a commonly used drug by asthma patients could assist in the treatment of multiple sclerosis when given alongside standard medication.
  • Research and insights on severe asthma in children

    Asthma is the most common chronic lung disease of children, with more than 6.6 million affected in the U.S. Although relatively few children have severe asthma, they account for almost half of asthma related expenditures.
  • Exposure to violence aggravates asthma

    If you are suffering from asthma, there is every chance that watching a violent act or scene in the neighborhoods could enhance the chances of the person having to be hospitalized with breathing-related problems or any other emergencies, a new study has found.
  • Yale researchers identify genes associated with asthma

    Yale University researchers have identified three genes containing genetic variations that appear to increase a child's risk of developing asthma. The findings will be published in three separate journals: the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, Human Heredity and Mutation Research/Fundamental and Molecular Mechanisms of Mutagenesis.
  • Violence in inner city neighborhoods contributes to trouble with asthma

    Patients with asthma who are exposed to violence in their community are at an increased risk for an asthma-related hospitalization and emergency room visits for asthma or any cause, according to new research from the University Of Pennsylvania School of Medicine.
  • Study points to key genetic driver of severe allergic asthma

    Scientists have identified a genetic basis for determining the severity of allergic asthma in experimental models of the disease.
  • Six ways to deal with asthma attack

    Wheezing is often thought as the key sign of asthma but we often tend to ignore other symptoms that might signal an asthma attack. Symptoms of asthma are not very consistent and can be different for different people.
  • Study shows ozone and nicotine a bad combination for asthma

    Another reason for including asthma on the list of potential health risks posed by secondhand tobacco smoke, especially for non-smokers, has been uncovered.
  • Acetaminophen use in adolescents linked to doubled risk of asthma

    New evidence linking the use of acetaminophen to development of asthma and eczema suggests that even monthly use of the drug in adolescents may more than double risk of asthma in adolescents compared to those who used none at all; yearly use was associated with a 50 percent increase in the risk of asthma.
  • Ten things you should know about asthma

    Asthma is among the most common respiratory afflictions brought on by environmental pollutants. It is a chronic inflammation of the bronchial tubes that constrict the airways resulting in difficult breathing and wheezing.
  • Latino children with asthma less accurate in determining their lung function

    A new study by researchers at the Bradley Hasbro Children's Research Center and the University of Puerto Rico may help explain some of the well-documented ethnic disparities in pediatric asthma.